Cinque Terre: I found true paradise (Part Two)

Don’t miss PART ONE of the paradise :)

When I said Vernazza was the most physically demanding part of the tour, I really meant it. After Vernazza, everything was a breeze.

The next village was Monterosso, just 5 minutes away by train. The town was heavily damaged by the flood in 2011, but it seems to have restored to normal. We were allocated about an hour here, so we mainly strolled along the beach, savored gelato and popped in some gift shops on the main street. Beware though because most are tourist traps.

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I don’t think Riomaggiore is any less visited than other villages, but it was getting late in the afternoon when we arrived so we got to see local people run errands and do their daily chores. Always captivating to observe.

In Riomaggiore, we walked the Via dell’Amore, “Lover’s Lane”, a walkway hanging above the sea at a very leisurely pace and eventually came back to the village of Manarola where we started the tour. A short train ride and a 1.5 hour bus whisked us back to the heart of Florence. Safe and sound.

All in all, thanks to the tour, we had a wonderful day exploring Cinque Terre though it would have been perfect in every sense of the word if another authentic dinner had been included in the tour.

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  • Joy

    I love your photos!!! The way you photograph varied subjects/objects. I’m pretty well-traveled but do not have the “artistic” way of taking pictures like you do. What time of day did you go to CT? It seemed pretty empty even though I’ve heard its touristy?

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • nakhoa2911

      Hi Joy- thanks for your kind words. I’m really an amateur when it comes to photography. I just love taking pictures :) I went to CT early from the morning 9AM to around 6:30PM. Cinque Terre was touristy but very manageable speaking from experience. Maybe we just lucked out. Did you go there or are you planning to go soon?